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5 Ways to Make Money Blogging

There are many different ways to make money blogging out there, and today I’m going to go over what the main ones are so you can make a decision about how you’d like to go about monetizing your new blog or business. Some ways to monetize your blog are passive income (meaning once you create it, it continues to make money without additional work), and some are active income that require ongoing time and effort.

There are many different ways to make money blogging out there, and today I'm going to go over what the main ones are so you can make a decision about how you'd like to go about monetizing your new blog or business. Some ways to monetize your blog are passive income (meaning once you create it, it continues to make money without additional work), and some are active income that require ongoing time and effort.

5 Ways to Make Money Blogging

Although there are more ways than just what I have listed below for how to monetize a blog, these are the main categories that most things would fall under. I’ll also talk about what my personal favorites are and which ones have the biggest potential, and where I’ve personally seen the best results. Let’s get started! 🙂

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1. Selling your own products (physical or digital)

This one is definitely my favorite because not only do you get to leave a mini legacy behind in your book, course, or other product, it’s also owned by you and doesn’t depend on another person or company for your livelihood, like selling someone else’s product through affiliate marketing might. Most of my income comes from selling my own digital products.

2. Providing a service or freelancing

If you’re looking for the most efficient way to create (or replace) an income for yourself quickly, services are the way to go. Even if your service or offering is just a few hundred dollars, such as a monthly social media management or virtual assistant package for $300-500, it doesn’t take too many clients to create an income. And if you’re providing a done-for-you service like web design, building an app, etc, you can easily charge over a thousand dollars or more for a comprehensive service that takes care of all the details for your client. 😃 If you’re going to dive into the world of freelancing, I would recommend charging a fixed price for your offering (what you determine adequately covers your time, costs, and a profit) and not charging by the hour if you can help it. You may need to start at a lower price and raise it over time as you gain more experience. This is active income. Also, the course Idea to Empire by Anna Long-Stokes was very useful for learning how to build my own service-based business.

3. Advertising

Some people think putting ads on your site, such as with Google Adsense or an ad management company like Monumetric, Ad Thrive, or Media Vine, takes away from the “look” of your site and distracts from the content, but this is truly passive income in that all you do is post the code for your ads or install a plugin and you’re good to go. From there, you just need more blog posts and more traffic to increase your ad earnings. Check out the ebooks Building a Framework and How I Went from 17k to 350k Page Views in 9 Months for ideas on how to grow your blog and thus increase your ad earnings. I would recommend starting with Google Adsense and then signing up for a company to manage your ads once you have more page views (to give you an idea, Monumetric currently requires at least 10,000 monthly page views for one level of their service and Ad Thrive requires 100,000 monthly page views).

4. Affiliate marketing

Affiliate marketing is fun because you get paid to promote other people’s products, such as linking to products on Amazon. Some, like Amazon, charge a fairly small percentage, but because it’s Amazon and you get credit for anything someone buys within 24 hours of clicking your link, you might make a few random sales anyway from promoting something like books you recommend, kitchen utensils for a food blog, etc. I once sold like twenty marble races during Christmas haha. Some affiliate programs, especially for courses and ebooks, pay more in the range of 30-50% and can be very lucrative. Shareasale is another good affiliate program for selling products from online retailers like Tiny Prints, One Kings Lane, and more. I would HIGHLY recommend the book Affiliate Marketing for Bloggers by Tasha Agruso. This book helped me increase my own affiliate earnings.

5. Sponsored posts

Of all the methods on this post, sponsored posts are the one way to monetize a blog that I personally haven’t used. Some people swear by sponsored posts, but I personally don’t know of any companies that would make sense to sponsor a post on one of my blogs that I can’t just be an affiliate for their products for instead. 😃 Sponsored posts are active income in that you would need to hustle each month to get new companies to pay for posts you write about their product. Some sites to use for finding sponsored posts are IZEA, Clever Girls Collective, Massive Sway, and Pollinate.

 

Ultimately, I would recommend STARTING with one of the ideas above but eventually implementing at least a few of them. Don’t overwhelm yourself by doing everything at once – start by diving into one of the methods for monetization, implement it, create your product or install your ads or affiliate links, and then move onto the next one when you feel comfortable with it. Building a blog doesn’t happen overnight. Eventually, diversifying your income over several different sources of income – and multiples different products, posts, or companies within that category – is the goal to keep your income more stable and reliable.

If you’d like to start your own blog, check out our free guide on how to start a blog below:

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